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Dickies Arena scores a 10: U.S. Gymnastics Championships coming in June

Dickies Arena has scored another 10 with the latest announced event.

Fort Worth’s brand new, 14,000-seat arena (for concerts) announced it’s hosting the 2020 U.S. Gymnastics Championships June 4-7, 2020.

The arena’s official grand opening is scheduled for Saturday.

This is the first time the city has hosted the event and it’s the fourth time for Texas. The championships were held in Dallas in 2009 and in Houston in 1988 and 2008.

The four-day championships include men and women and are an integral part of determining which athletes advance to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on June 25-28 in St. Louis, Mo.

NBC (KXAS/Ch. 5 in DFW) will telecast the event nationwide.

“Just think what they’re going to bring to the city. This is national exposure for us. They’ll know it’s live from Dickies Arena in Fort Worth,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “Plus, people will come to the city, stay over night, spend money and our sales tax goes up, hotel occupancy goes up. But mostly we get a chance to showcase the great new arena right here in the heart of our cultural district.”

Both U.S. junior and senior champions for the all-around and individual events will be determined, as well as the members of the junior and senior national teams.

“It’s going to be an amazing competition. To be able to see the world’s greatest gymnast live here in Texas is going to be incredible,” Patterson said. “Kind of seeing them off to the Olympic trials and Tokyo. When it’s an Olympic year it’s even more exciting.”

Early-bird all-session ticket packages vary in price from $499 for Platinum VIP seats to $150 for Bronze Medal seats. All-session tickets include one ticket that gets you into all eight sessions. The platinum package includes an Olympian meet ans greet and a USA Gymnastics gift. The early-bird price is only available to USA Gymnastics Member Clubs.

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 run from July 24 through Aug. 9, 2020.

The first event at the arena is a concert by the band Twenty One Pilots on Nov. 8.

Other events include The Black Keys on Nov. 14, two George Strait shows Nov. 22-23. Two events not yet officially announced are the Harlem Globetrotters in February and Disney on Ice in April.

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Stefan Stevenson has been covering sports for the Star-Telegram since 1997. He spent five years covering TCU athletics, which included two BCS bowls, two trips to the college World Series and the move to the Big 12. He has covered the Texas Rangers since 2014 and started reporting on the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.
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